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25 April 2012

Lifting the Lid... February GlossyBox

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Another Beauty Box review for you today... but as always I really do use the products for quite some time so the review is more product reviews as well as a review of the box as a whole. So if you aren't in to beauty boxes or outside of the UK this post may still be worth a read! 

The Price & Packaging

Unlike the January box (review here) which was Valentines themed this box was just the standard box and instantly it seemed to be a lot more balanced unlike last months box which I felt contained too many skincare products. The box as you can see below is a soft pink and quite sturdy. With the GlossyBox you receive 5 high-end samples for £10.00 per month plus £2.95 p&p bringing it to £12.95 per month. Like all the other boxes you can cancel at any time but it is worth noting it is on a direct debit basis. Website - here.

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The Products

Awapuhi Styling Treatment Oil 
(Smallest size - £7.50/25ml)
When I spotted this in the box I instantly thought it was a bit of a 'meh' product as I had never heard of the brand and didn't really read what it was. But eventually I stopped being a bad beauty blogger and gave it a chance and actually read how to use it best. Since then I have used it instead of my Vo5 hair oil after every shower on damp hair and it leaves my hair frizz-free and so much nicer to blow dry and so soft. Also with an oil like this that is quite thick you do only need a little even on long hair so a 25ml bottle would be enough for quite some months. Plus the ginger in this is lovely - no synethic hair product smell here!
 
Dr Bronner's Lavender Hand Sanitiser
 (Standard size - £3.99/59ml) 
Now this is a useful product to have and one I was glad to see in the box! Since receiving the box in February this hasn't left my dressing table. I have been using this to clean my hands after applying moisturiser, after using hair products that leave my hands sticky. I have also been using it to clean my hands before and after applying my makeup. The one thing I don't particularly like about the product is the smell, it is very strongly lavender scented which I feel isn't needed and a bit granny like - a lemon/ fruity scent would be so much nicer. But for the price I think this is a really useful product.

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BECCA Beach Tint Watermelon
(Full size - £20.00/7ml)
This was 100% the highlight of the box for me. I mean who wouldn't be happy with a full-size Becca product?! This was my first ever Becca product but after the Pixwoo sisters constantly raving about the brand I was quite eager to try something from Becca, but unsure were to start. So for me this was a great starting product as I love cream cheek products. 


I think maybe the swatch above does look a little light however you can see how this blends so nicely and can be gradually buildt up. The texture really is like butter and leaves the skin feeling so nice. As for the watermelon scent it is just so lovely! An amazing product.

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Como Shambhala Invigorate Shower Gel
(Full size £20.00/300ml. 50ml sample included)
 I'm not a huge fan of shower products in beauty boxes unless they are quite large. However I decided to put this in my shower and made sure I gave it a chance and to my surprise I did like it and used it all up! It is your typical organic/natural smelling shower gel that smelt of starflower and quite herby to me but as the name suggests it really does wake you up and is quite invigorating. Also this does actually make a difference to how the skin feels unlike quite a lot of normal shower gels. However I really doubt I would ever spend £20.00 on just a shower gel.

BM Beauty Pure Mineral Eyeshadow
(Full Size £7.00/2g. Sample pot included)
This was actually my least favourite product which is surprising as I expected that to be the shower gel! I am not too sure what it is but I really dislike receiving little samples like this, whether it's skincare or makeup.. if it is in a tiny little jar (especially with no writing on) then I'm really not interested. I guess it just seem a little cheap and it is so easy to just put it to one side then discover it a months later and forget who it's by. Also a loose shimmery product like this really does need a sifter! So even though this is quite a nice shade and product it just seems a bit of a rubbish sample.


Positives   
The main positive for me with this box has to be the mix of products - 2 makeup products, 1 hair product, 1 all round useful product and a shower/body product. So a nice mix that I think would please most people! Also other than the eyeshadow I was really impressed with the size of all the products and felt it was worth a lot more than £13.. well of course it was containng a £20 product! 

Negatives
My only negative would be with the un-packaged eyeshadow sample, which is a gripe I have when any beauty box does it. It just doesn't seem professional and never makes me excited to try it out. Though atleast it was only the one product and thankfully it wasn't a small pot of moisturizer or body scrub (my biggest pet peeve with beauty boxes).
 
Overall this was quite a strong box and it just goes to show that the themed Glossy Boxes aren't always the most exciting as I loved this a lot more that the previous Valentines themed box. 

I think if you are wondering whether to sign up you should look at the contents and think how many products you would of liked. Personally I was really very happy with 3 products which makes it worth it! 

Fee xo.  

 
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